*Unblurred User Photos in Google Maps & Google Street View: The Next Privacy Supernova?

As Blog Age has reported today, Google currently enriched its Google Maps and its Google Streetview services with user generated pictures from Panoramio and public images from Picasa and Flickr. On Panoramio users can share pictures while at the same time geo-referencing them via Google Earth.

What make the whole things exciting however is the fact that these “user photos” are, other than e.g. Google Street View, not “blurred“.

To try the feature, surf e.g. to Google Maps (Street View isn’t working yet in Austria) and click onto the more button and select photos. For more information please refer to the Google LatLog Blog.

It is however  interesting to see that Panorimo and Google Maps & Google Street View have different Acceptance Policies. While Panorimo’s policy  is quite liberal and only objects to e.g. advertising or sexually explicit photos, the Google service only accept photos of exterior places and will not accept “Portraits of people, or photos of people posing” but only “People are an unavoidable part of the place“.

So my suggestion, when someone is pointing a camera on you and you fear that you might end up on Google Maps just pose! 😉

PS: You can of course also flag photos … in case you are a Google user.


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